The future central library of Ottawa named Ādisōke – .

The future central library of Ottawa named Ādisōke – .

The future flagship branch of the Ottawa Public Library will change from its current utilitarian name “principal” to “Ādisōke,” an Anishinaabemowin phrase meaning telling stories.
A group comprising representatives of the Algonquin communities of Kitigan Zibi and Pikwàkanagàn, the mayor of Ottawa, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage made the announcement Thursday next to the excavated site where the new building will be erected.

The name is pronounced “AW-de-SO-keh”.

“We care deeply about the revitalization of our language and we are honored that this new facility has a beautiful name in our language,” said Mariette Buckshot of Kitigan Zibi. “Our language must be spoken and heard. “

Members of the two Algonquin communities helped choose the name in meetings with the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.

These two institutions will share the new $ 192 million facility that will be located on Albert and Booth Streets, bordering LeBreton Plains, near Kichi Sibi – or the Ottawa River as it was later called.

The final design of the Ottawa Central Library, including this preview of the western view of the plaza, was presented at a board meeting in April 2021. (Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting)

It is designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto and KWC Architects of Ottawa in consultation with the Algonquin Anishinaabe communities, on whose traditional territory the city is located.

Executives from Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library praised the circular gathering areas and museum-quality exhibition spaces that are planned.

Kitigan Zibi’s education director also called on state and city libraries to help their residents learn the Anishinaabemowin language and share their stories.

“We are losing our speakers. We are very concerned about this. So we want to document our language, record our language and share the stories we deem appropriate, ”said Anita Tenasco.

Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir said she looks forward to working with First Nations to do just that and to share their stories with visitors to Ādisōke.

Ottawa Public Library Executive Director Danielle McDonald also said communities will be involved in the programming that will take place in the new building when it opens, likely at the end of 2024.


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